Nominations Sought for Human Rights Award

first_imgWith the approach of the 60th anniversary year of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Partner’s for Human Rights committee is looking for Nova Scotians who have enhanced human rights in their communities. The Partners committee and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will recognize a person or an organization that has made a significant contribution to advancing or protecting human rights. “We encourage individuals and organizations across the province to make nominations for the Human Rights Award and recognize those promoting human rights issues in their communities,” said Ann Divine, co-ordinator of Race Relations and Affirmative Action at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and co-chair of Partners. Nominations should relate to the theme of this year’s International Human Rights Day event, Human Rights in Nova Scotia: Past, Present and Future — Sixty years and counting. This year’s award recipient will be the first selected under the committee’s new name. The organization has operated as Partners Against Racism for more than 15 years. “The committee changed the name to be more reflective of all the issues we work on. In addition to combating racism and we promote human rights issues,” said Sandra Smith Muir, Partners for Human Rights committee co-chair. “We feel that this name is more inclusive of other human rights issues in the community that should be recognized.” The committee will continue to work toward a respectful and inclusive community. In addition to organizing the International Human Rights Day event, they will focus on public outreach and community participation. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 23. For nomination applications, see the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission website at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights/par.htm . Nominations can be forwarded by e-mail to [email protected] or faxed to 902-424-0596, attention Linda Nicholl. Partners for Human Rights members will consider the nominations and forward recommendations to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. The award will be presented at the International Human Rights Day event, Monday, Dec. 10.last_img

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